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Apple's newest iPad Pro is now powered by the M2 chip and has a Apple Pencil hovering feature

By Kenny Yeo - on 23 Oct 2022, 11:42am

Apple's newest iPad Pro is now powered by the M2 chip and has a Apple Pencil hovering feature

Note: This article was first published on 19 October 2022.

The new iPad Pro (Image source: Apple)

Apple has unveiled its newest iPad Pro and, just as the rumours have predicted, it's mostly a spec-bump update.

From the press photos, it looks like the design is mostly unchanged. It still has a single USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port.

To be honest, though there's nothing wrong with the design – it still looks sleek and elegant – it is starting to look a little stale. After all, the iPad Pro has looked like this since 2018.

The iPad Pro still comes in two sizes: 11 and 12.9 inches. And only the larger one has a Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display. The smaller 11-inch model must make do with a "regular" Liquid Retina IPS LCD display.

(Image source: Apple)

The big update is under the hood. These new iPad Pros are powered by Apple's newest M2 chip which debuted in the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro and all-new MacBook Air.

The M2 chip in the iPad Pro features an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. Apple claims up to 15% better CPU performance and up to 35% GPU performance over M1. That's substantial considering how overpowered the last iPad Pro already was.

Another big update is Apple Pencil Hover, a feature designed to give users better precision with their Apple Pencil. With this feature, the new iPad Pros can detect the Apple Pencil when it's nearby (up to 12mm) and start showing users a preview of their mark. Here's the feature in action below:

Finally, the new iPad Pros are the first Apple devices to support the new Wi-Fi 6E standard. This lets them work with compatible Wi-Fi 6E routers to attain faster wireless speeds and lower latency.


Availability and pricing

The iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 11 and 12.9 inches. (Image source: Apple)

The new iPad Pro is available to order now and will be available in stores next week on 26 October 2022.

Prices begin at S$1,249 for the 11-inch model and S$1,699 for the 12.9-inch model. Prices for all configurations are below.

iPad Pro 2022 prices
Storage 11-inch, Wi-Fi 11 inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular 12.9-inch, Wi-Fi 12.9-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular
128GB S$1,249 S$1,479 S$1,699 S$1,929
256GB S$1,399 S$1,629 S$1,849 S$2,079
512GB S$1,699 S$1,929 S$2,149 S$2,379
1TB S$2,299 S$2,529 S$2,749 S$2,974
2TB S$2,899 S$3,129 S$3,349 S$3,547

You can order the new iPad Pro on the Apple Online Store now. They should also be available soon on Amazon, Lazada, and Shopee.

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